We have answered the questions that we are asked most frequently by prospective participants.

  • Where will I live?

    There are many exciting opportunities to live and work throughout the United States.  Depending on the months of your summer school vacation, you may be working in a ski resort or an a sunny beach.  Different parts of the country have needs at different times of the year depending on weather and seasonal tourist demands.

  • Will I be paid?

    You will be paid no less than the Federal or State Minimum Wage requirement, whichever is higher. Your work will be at least 32 hours per week.  You may obtain a second job, but your first priority must be your original placement.

  • What type of job will I have?

    Most jobs are entry level positions in seasonal and resort areas. Examples of common jobs are kitchen help, retail clerks, housekeepers, and hotel workers.

  • When can I start?

    The Work and Travel Program is for a maximum of 4 months.  This program is designed for your summer break from school.  You may begin once your classes have ended for the term and you must return home to start school on the first day of the following term.

  • How do I get a visa?

    You will receive important information in your pre-arrival packet.  Your International Cooperator will help you in the process of obtaining your visa.  The process includes securing a visa appointment and having an interview at the embassy.  Helping you become prepared and informed is a top priority! 

  • Will I have insurance?

    You will have accident and illness insurance provided by Compass Benefits Group. Your policy meets or exceeds all Department of State guidelines. You can find additional information regarding your insurance here.

  • How much does the program cost?

    There are different costs associated with your program, including an application fee, a program fee, the fee for your visa, and the fee for your insurance.  Your international cooperator will explain the costs and the timing of each of these payments.  We strive to keep all fees fair and reasonable.

    You are also responsible for purchasing round-trip transportation to your placement in the U.S. (with assistance from your international office) as well as having access to finances adequate to support yourself, including food and lodging, during your program stay.